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American and National Hijackings #465048

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Jul 13, 1972
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(Studio) Hijacker in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, incident surrenders. 2 hijackers in another instance surrender near Freeport, Texas. Melvin Marvin Fisher waves empty gun at crew of American Airlines plane over Texas, forced landing at Oklahoma City, collects ransom, lets 57 passengers and 3 stewardesses off, then surrenders. National Airlines plane hijacked en route from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to NYC. Plane returns to Philadelphia, passengers released, hijackers transfer to 2nd plane with crew, land in Texas, some crew escapes, hijackers surrender.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Lake Jackson, Texas) [Lake Jackson police, A.D. SHERROUSE - saw injured copilot jump from plane.] Copilot Norman Reagan and flight engineer Gerald Beaver were treated in local hospital. [Dr. G.F. PERRYMAN - says 1 crewman had gunshot wound in leg. The other had fractured arm, pelvis, chest, facial bones.] FBI agents agree to provide small escape plane, but plan collapses. Hijackers finally surrender.
REPORTER: Bill Worrell (KPRC-TV Houston, Texas)

Chancellor, John

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